Video: Five Cool Things About the 2015 Ford F-150

Maybe you're among the nation's legions of dyed-in-the-wool pickup-truck fanatics, or maybe you can't possibly imagine a pickup ever being practical for your life. In either case, you'll be just as entertained (and informed) by watching the video above in which Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com, ticks off the five coolest features on the 2015 Ford F-150 — now building big buzz at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Williams makes note of the F-150's extensive use of LEDs, a new 360-degree-view camera and, perhaps coolest of all, the intricate but seemingly simple-to-use next generation of tailgate steps (this you gotta see). Check out the video above for more.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford F-150 Video

America's best-selling vehicle gets a complete redesign inside and out for the 2015 model year. Debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2015 F-150 has an upgraded cabin, a new exterior look and gives shoppers a choice of four unique powertrains, including two turbocharged fuel-efficient engines. PickupTrucks.com reviewer Mark Williams says Ford has made big changes that should improve the F-150 in many ways.
Watch the video above.

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By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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Rest assured Ford F-150 faithful, the 2015 version of the beloved pickup truck is all new, but the exterior design remains a sufficiently familiar face. In front, the F-150 retains its signature grille shape, while headlights have a distinctive "light-pipe" surround of either full LED headlights or standard halogen projector beams. Rounded corners and a more aerodynamic windshield improve airflow around the truck, as do automatic grille shutters behind the chrome.

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The new F-150's lowered belt line and window drop-down cutouts in the front doors improve visibility from inside the cab, as well as liftover height into the bed. The rear of the truck features standard LED taillights and light piping similar to that adorning the headlights. LED accents also illuminate the cargo area.

Among the most significant F-150 updates is the new high-quality interior. Gone is the previous hard-plastic look and feel in favor of soft-touch plastics, along with paddle-style door handles and improved display screens and controls. A massive panoramic sunroof on higher trims bathes the inside in natural light, while a widened cab moves seating outward for a wider center console. Top trims also boast leather seats, sophisticated stitching on the dashboard, and real wood and metal trim.

By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 Ford F-150

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It is arguably the most important single nameplate in the automotive industry and a new version has just been unveiled.

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The 2015 Ford F-150 looks different, of course, but is unmistakably an F-150 with the requisite gigantic grille — a variety of them, in fact — improved interior, added aluminum used throughout to shave off about 700 pounds and more than one new powerplant under the hood.

Check out the extensive coverage from our partner site Pickuptrucks.com along with our photo gallery:

2015 Ford F-150 Design
2015 Ford F-150 Powertrains
2015 Ford F-150 Body and Cabs
2015 Ford F-150 Trim Packages
2015 Ford F-150 Frame and Suspension
2015 Ford F-150 Technology and Electronics
2015 Ford F-150 Bed Tech
2015 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery

By David Thomas | January 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery

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Last year, Ford wowed the crowds at Cobo Hall with its Atlas truck concept, a precursor to the just-revealed 2015. The design of the truck is new, but it isn’t as important as all the technical specs, cab configurations and trim packages, but all of the changes will stir lengthy debates.

All You Need To Know About the 2015 Ford F-150

Besides the grille and interesting tailgate treatment, the deeper windows — designed to improve visibility — help differentiate the new version from the outgoing model.

Check out the full gallery below and click any image for a larger version.

By David Thomas | January 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2013

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Even as 2013 cars sales stalled a bit in December, new-car sales overall still landed around 15.6 million units for the year. That's up 8 percent over 2012, and it marks the best sales since 2007. If 2014 sees similar gains, the experts are right: Happy days for the industry will be here again.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2013

Does that mean happy days for the consumer? Yes, but with caveats. Even as discounts edged upward, ballooning MSRPs sent transaction prices to nearly $33,000 per car by December, according to CNW Marketing Research. Compare that to all of 2012, when transactions averaged as low as $30,184 at the beginning of the year. New cars got pricier, yet shoppers still bought them.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2013

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With the top seven automakers reporting sales, the industry is on track to end December 2013 about flat with December 2012. Don't call it a sputter just yet. Recall that December 2012 was a decent month — and that 2013 still ended well. Toward that end, each automaker charted its own course to the finish line.

The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2013

Shoppers gave Toyota the indifferent shoulder as the automaker fell 1.7 percent in December. Three of Toyota's four best-sellers — the Camry, Corolla/Matrix, RAV4 and Prius family — saw lower sales versus year-ago figures. Nissan, by contrast, chalked a 10.5 percent rise on strong Sentra and Rogue sales. And Honda gained 1.9 percent in December as dealers began the month with Accords and CR-Vs aplenty, and shoppers lined up for both. Despite a similar inventory situation, however, the Civic fell 12.4 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (7)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2013

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As experts largely predicted, car shoppers shook off any hesitation from the federal government shutdown and bought enough new cars in the second half of October to drive the auto industry up about 11 percent by Halloween, judging by numbers from the largest seven automakers.

The Detroit Three led the pack, with sales up 13.9 percent. Nissan, Toyota and Honda gained 9.5 percent, while Hyundai-Kia were nearly flat with a 0.6 percent increase.

"Consumers showed resiliency in October with steady auto sales despite headwinds caused by the government shutdown," Toyota division GM Bill Fay said in a statement. Sales for the automaker's best-selling Camry ebbed, but a redesigned Corolla lifted Toyota's numbers. Honda saw a larger boom in the Civic, while shoppers shied away from the Accord; both cars had a strong October 2012. Nissan's popular Altima, meanwhile, fell 11.5 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | November 1, 2013 | Comments (11)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

OK, we're going to level with you: If you're not into trucks or don't care to mess with Texas, you can stop reading now. In a rare total turnover of our roster of most-watched videos, all five feature either pickup trucks or full-size SUVs, and four of them were shot at the 2013 State Fair of Texas. Each of the Detroit Three automakers is well-represented as PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams and Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen get a look at new truck offerings from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford — with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty leading the pack at No. 1. Check out what was popular:

1. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

4. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power

5. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

By Matt Schmitz | October 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

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